Officer injured/thief arrested after police chase sparked by savvy Rosslanders

Officer injured/thief arrested after police chase sparked by savvy Rosslanders

Thanks to a pair of observant Rossland residents, a prolific thief is spending the next 15 months in jail, according to Trail RCMP Sgt. Daren Oelke.

“Just before 10 a.m. on Saturday, two Rossland residents came across a male driving what they believed to be a stolen vehicle out of Christina Lake,” Oelke said.“They recognized the stolen red Suzuki Sidekick from a Facebook post they had seen earlier.

“When police attempted to close in on the car thief in the Centennial Trail parking lot, the driver took off on foot. One officer was injured chasing the male over a steep embankment and the male escaped into the City of Rossland.”

18 vehicles impounded over four days due to extreme, reckless speeding

18 vehicles impounded over four days due to extreme, reckless speeding

Extreme speed is becoming an increasingly prevalent - and dangerous - issue on Kootenay highways, according to RCMP Sgt. John Ferguson.

“On the August long weekend, the WKTS/ Nelson Integrated Road Safety Unit impounded seven vehicles for travelling in excess of 40 km/hr an hour over the posted speed limit,” Feguson said.” These vehicles are impounded for seven days at the owners’ expense and the driver receives a minimum fine of $368.00 and demerit points.”

He said the highest speed they clocked was a motorcycle, at night, doing 185 km/hr.

Crime wave in Trail frustrating police

Crime wave in Trail frustrating police

Police in Trail are dealing with a rash of property crimes in the Waneta/Beaver Falls/Fruitvale area, according to RCMP Sgt. Darren Oelke.

Oelke provided a veritable laundry list of crimes throughout July.

“The thefts and break-ins appear to be occurring during the overnight hours,” he said. “Police are urging the public to report any suspicious activities, person, or vehicles or anything unusual they notice in their neighbourhoods. 

Phone scammers escalating to abusive language and threats

Phone scammers escalating to abusive language and threats

The local RCMP detachment is getting flooded with calls from people who have had threating and abusive calls from people claiming to work for the Canada Revenue Agency, according to Castlegar's Sgt. Laurel Mathew.

The callers start out by telling their targets that there was a problem with their tax return, so they need to provide personal and banking information to allow the government to deposit their refund.

Vehicle torched on Woodland Drive; fire ban still in effect

Vehicle torched on Woodland Drive; fire ban still in effect

Fire crews were called out at roughly 5:50 a.m. on Monday to deal with reports of black smoke emanating from the gravel pit on Woodland Drive, according to fire chief Gerry Rempel.

“We arrived to find a vehicle on fire,” he said, adding it was fully engulfed in flames. “We put it out in short order, but the vehicle was destroyed.”

He said the vehicle is a Jeep product – similar to a Jeep Liberty – and the fire in it seems to have been intentionally set.

UPDATED: Missing horse in Blewett found deceased

UPDATED: Missing horse in Blewett found deceased

The RCMP is disappointed to announce that the missing horse in Blewett "Lakota" was located Friday.

Unfortunately, "Lakota" was located deceased by the owner a short distance from his property.

Circumstances surrounding the animal's death: deemed accidental.

RCMP report missing horse in Blewett

RCMP are asking for public assistance in finding a horse gone missing in the Blewett area Thursday morning.

Nelson RCMP received a complaint from a local Blewett resident.

NPD, Physician concerned with string of recent drug overdoses

Kootenay Lake Hospital has seen its share of drug overdoes patients recently. — The Nelson Daily

Interior Health and Nelson Police are warning the public in the wake of at least four critical drug overdose cases in Nelson over the last three months.

The warning comes as the summer festival season heats up — Starbelly Jam, Shambhala and Unity Music Festival — in the Nelson area.

“This is my third year in Nelson, and I’ve never seen anything like this,” said Dr. Nic Sparrow, emergency department physician at Kootenay Lake Hospital in a media release.

RCMP arrest armed robbery suspect, Ronald Teneycke

Armed robbery suspect Ronald Teneycke.

The manhunt for armed robbery suspect Ronald Teneycke has ended.

Teneycke was apprehended by police in an orchard in Cawston Thursday morning (July 23).

The arrest unfolded when an RCMP officer involved in the search spotted a vehicle similar to the one stolen by Teneycke Wednesday in Cawston, a small farming village near Keremeos in the Okanagan Valley.

RCMP said as the officer got closer he was able to confirm Teneycke was alone in the vehicle. 

Police boat makes first summer patrol of Arrow Lake Saturday

Police boat makes first summer patrol of Arrow Lake Saturday

Did you know that it’s a Criminal Code violation to pull a waterskier without a spotter in the boat? Or that driving a boat drunk will get you the same penalties as driving your car drunk?

The Kootenay Boundary Regional RCMP detachment is out on our waterways this summer – many boaters saw the police in their rigid-hull inflatable Kodiak on Arrow Lake last Saturday, July 18, in the first of what will be many sporadic patrols throughout the summer season.

Penticton RCMP needs public assistance in locating man with outstanding warrants

Jessy Arthur Michaud is wanted for outstanding warrants.

The Penticton RCMP is reaching out to the public to assist them in executing outstanding warrants for Jessy Arthur Michaud.

The 46-year-old Michaud has three outstanding warrants for his arrest since July 17, 2015.

Michau is a caucasian male, 5’9” tall, weighing 161 pounds with brown hair and blue eyes.

Penticton RCMP considers Michaud to be violent, is known to possess weapons, and considered to be a risk to public safety, so if you see him, do not approach him, but immediately call 9-1-1.

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